Friday, March 2, 2012

Fortune Is Flea-Ting

Author Maureen Stanton met Curt Avery in college. Fast forward twenty years to the bottle that brought them together again in Killer Stuff and Tons of Money:  Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market. With $4000 in his pocket, Avery had came out to Ohio where Maureen was attending graduate school to stare intensely at an old bottle, examining it from all sides, holding it up to the light, looked carefully at the few others alongside it and pondered the all important question - to buy or not to buy?

Maureen was intrigued. On the next 10 years she shadowed Curt - a man who supports a wife and two children by being a self-taught antiques and collectibles road warrior. He is on the road nearly 24/7, hunting treasure from yard sales, junk stores, flea markets, basements, attics and by invitation-only auctions.

Long on mileage and short on sleep, Avery's success depends on a prodigious amount of esoteric knowledge in a huge number of fields, combined with a familiarity of popular trends in collecting and the humility forged from some highly costly mistakes. An occasional nod from Lady Luck would also be very welcome.

Maureen Stanton is a creative non-fiction writer and in her skilled hands, Killer Stuff becomes a wonderful tapestry of sociology, anthropology, history, economics and crime.

Killer Trivia for Cocktail Parties
1.  In one study, more than 60% of American households reported having at least one collection.
2.  The first "collection" was found in an 80,000 year old cave and consisted of a cache of "interesting" pebbles.
3.  Cat's eye, clam broth, end-of-day cloud, Popeye corkscrew, and marriddle are all names of marbles.  One retired toy manufacturer has a 3000,000 marble collection which fills two floors of his house.


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